Rachel Sussman (born 1975) is an American contemporary artist and photographer based in Brooklyn. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York with a BFA, studied at the Bard College MFA program, and began a practice-based fine arts PhD at Central Saint Martins in London. Sussman is a Guggenheim and MacDowell Colony Fellow, spoke about her work at the TEDGlobal conference in 2010, and was a 2016 TED Resident. Sussman’s interdisciplinary project “The Oldest Living Things in the World,” has been featured in the media all over the world, including the New Yorker, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, The Guardian, NPR’s Picture Show, New Scientist, as well as publications in China, Brazil, New Zealand, and throughout Europe.
In 2008 critic Jerry Saltz cited her work as the “best photography that slipped under the radar” in New York Magazine, having stated in the exhibition review: